It’s definitely worthwhile linking the wikipedia article on this one. The background is absolutely fascinating because this is a real story.
There’s a heap of additional material like the documentation for the backjack game (scroll down to “PLAYING CONVENTIONS” for a laugh) and even a paper tape copy of the program!
I love this. I remember seeing it over a decade ago, and have re-read it multiple times since then.
It’s indeed a wonderful story.
On the other hand, if a colleague of mine were to program using techniques like this, I would be tempted to break his/her fingers.
The difference between hacking and engineering. Room for both, each in its appropriate time and place.
As long as it’s well documented I’m all for crazy stuff.
Wow. Library of Congress material.
This should be a pinned post on story submission sites like this since it appears so frequently. That, and everyone should read it.
I love this story. I’ve read it many times over the years, but it always continues to inspire me.